Fettuccine Rosa

Sometimes you just want simple! And fettuccine Rosa is simple comfort food at its best.

This winter has been particularly cold here in Canada 🇨🇦 with the exception of the west coast, where it occasionally snows but never really gets cold 🥶. Lets just say it never gets to -30* Celsius like the rest of the country.

Anyway, comfort food is always welcome on cold winter days regardless of where you live.

So let’s get to it! This recipe is for 4 people:

  • One Tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic – minced
  • Two bay leaves
  • 1 tsp of crushed red chili flakes 🌶
  • One tin of crushed tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsps of balsamic vinegar
  • One tbsp of dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tsp of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • parmesan
  • fresh basil 🌿
  • One 500g package of fettuccine noodles – cooked al dente


Start by grabbing yourself a medium size sauce pan and adding the olive oil to it. Heat oil at a medium temperature, then add the garlic, bay leaves, and red chili flakes.

Stir and cook for a few minutes then add the crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, balsamic, oregano, and brown sugar.

Stir and let this come to a light boil on medium to low heat. Now cover and let it simmer on low for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, get a large pot of salted water ( 2 litres water and 2 tbsps of salt) and bring to a boil. When the water is boiling, add the fettuccine noodles and stir until the pasta is soft enough that it is immersed completely in the water and is not lumped together. Continue to cook for approximately 7-8 minutes. Stir occasionally and check after 7 minutes for doneness. The pasta is done when you bite into it and there is the slightest bit of crunch. It’s hard to explain, it is firm but not too firm, soft but not too soft.

Once the pasta is done, strain it in through a colander but do not rinse with water! The only time you should rinse pasta with water is if you are not going to be eating it right away.

Next, add the cream to the sauce slowly and be sure to stir continuously while adding the cream. If you add the cream all at once it will curdle and that doesn’t look very appealing.

In a pot or bowl combine the sauce with the pasta so that everything is coated nicely then dish out into 4 bowls, top with parmesan and fresh basil.

Enjoy with a nice red wine like a Tempranillo! 🍷

Remember to cook with love in your heart- the food will taste better ❤️

If you try this recipe and want to share please put your comments in the section below. Thanks!

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